Installing OpenOffice 3 on CentOS 5

After been a while using OpenOffice 2.3 that came bundle with CentOS 5.2 ,
somehow decided to get OpenOffice 3.0.1 installed..

First of all have to download the RPMs file installer at the OpenOffice website[],
it comes via a zipped file of all needed RPMs.
then extract it ..

figure out where did the RPM file are..

cd OOO300_m15_native_packed-1_en-US.9379/
cd RPMS/

now link that to a directory that would be possible to use with yum installer

ln -s /home/namran/v/OOO300_m15_native_packed-1_en-US.9379/RPMS /home/namran/rpms
createrepo /home/namran/rpms

then edit the


to have something like below :

name=CentOS-$releasever - Media

then start the installation with

yum install openoffice.org3-writer-3.0.1-9379 --disablerepo \* --enablerepo c5-media

this will resolve and install all the necessary package need to get the writer running..
once completed .. can try running it..


here.. somehow I bump into a glitch..

Missing vcl resource.This indicates that files vital to localization missing.You might have corrupt installation.

a few google search.. solution turn out to be ..

yum install ooobasis3.0-en-US-writer --disablerepo \* --enablerepo c5-media
yum install ooobasis3.0-en-US* --disablerepo \* --enablerepo c5-media --nogpgcheck

somehow need the –nogpgcheck
as the localization package got unsigned.. *sigh*

feel a bit lazy.. lets install all package instead..

yum install openoffice.org3* --disablerepo \* --enablerepo c5-media --nogpgcheck

then run the

[ad#postad] If everything is fine , a wizard to create some of new document type will

now time to create some shortcut at Desktop.
right click .. create new launcher
set the command to run as


then fill in some comment and name.. choose whatever icon..

now to get the association correct..
right click on file with .odt / .sxw / .odg
go to Properties..

the click at “Open-With” tabs
click “Use Custom command”
and browse to


then.. made it as default by highlight the
soffice’s bullet

and same goes to the Open Office Shortcut in the top-panel ..
right click on icon.. Properties.

for Writer, Presentation , Spreadsheet respectively..
change the command to …

/opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice  -writer %U
/opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice  -impress %U
/opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice -calc %U


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3 Responses

  1. HawkEYE says:

    I got better one after a few minute..
    by adding this two line before line 602 (/usr/share/system-config-network/netconfpkg/gui/

    if (not isinstance (host.Hostname, str)):

    now it works like charms again.. hehe.. 😎

  2. UncleOp says:

    This was helpful. Summary: if the /etc/hosts file is not well-formed, the python script doesn’t handle it well. In my case, somehow a long entry that was commented out got “line wrapped”, leaving some uncommented garbage on the next line. Fixing the hosts file or adding the above patch “worked”. It seems that some complaint to the user should be generated in such a case, though.

    • HawkEYE says:

      @UncleOp , Glad it help.. thanks for dropping by..


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